Westfield Center on Market Street, cable car station on Powell
We walk up Powell to Macy's, just before Union Square to see the windows, which are again full of pets available for adoption. This year, they hold many small cats, some as young as four weeks old.
Cats available at Macy's
Other Macy's windows feature more traditional representations of the holiday season.
Macy's window displays
Stockton Street, alongside Macy's, is closed and turned into a Winter Walk with booths (free chocolate), bars, and food trucks.
Across from the main entrance to Macy's, Union Square features a huge Christmas Tree and an ice skating rink.
Around Union Square, the shop windows are all dressed up for the season.
Saks Fifth Avenue
We leave Union Square, head up Grant Street to admire the lit-up entrance to Chinatown, and then wander over to admire the tree at the Bank of America building on California Street.
Grant Street entrance to Chinatown
Tree and bamboo garden at 555 California
Tree reflection in nearby buildings
We keep moving rapidly eastward because we're on our way to dine at one of our favorite restaurants, Kokkari. The ambiance as we enter is still fabulous, with the large fireplace in the main dining room, and we feast on sea bass (branzino) and goat stew for our holiday treat in the city.
Sea bass and goat stew
After diner, we take BART back under the bay to head home, where we've recently decorated the tree with ornaments representing many important locations, times, and aspects of our lives, ready for our celebration of the holidays.
Several days later, we head back into San Francisco for the Ferry Building Farmer's Market and see a few more delightful holiday sights.
More signs of the holiday